“You want to talk science? You got to record the facts, analyze, get to the how and why, then present your conclusions. Deal?”
– Cooper, “Interstellar”
1. Hole-some Technology
Holemaking tools are an essential part of any machinist's toolkit, and the latest innovations in holemaking technology can help improve productivity and quality while reducing costs. Here's a look at some of the latest developments in holemaking tools and technology.
2. Speaking of Holes ...
Let’s talk about workforce trends! The trend is: There’s a BIG hole in the workforce and LoYaLtY doesn’t fill it! Listen, we’ve all worked for a place that thought a pizza party was sufficient compensation – but handing out muffins with pink slips? (Editor: Who says “pink slip” anymore?) This would be a whole new low, but it’s still not as bad as a CEO posting a crying selfie on LinkedIn to play – nay, steal – the victim card amidst laying off employees! I said what I said.
3. “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy.” – NIST, Probably
Big Daddy Kane would be proud! According to a recent blog post from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, manufacturers are starting to realize that the "easy button" approach to workforce development is no longer sufficient. Instead, they are beginning to focus on more holistic approaches that consider the needs of both employees and the business. Overall, it seems that manufacturers are beginning to understand that the needs of their workforce are changing and that they need to change their approach to workforce development accordingly. This is a positive trend that could lead to more opportunities for workers and better products for consumers.
4. Popeye's Would Never!
Chick-fil-A is testing a three-day workweek for its employees, and you can bet one of those days won’t be Sunday! Keep that day of rest, yo. The company says the move is designed to improve work-life balance and that it will still provide the same benefits and compensation. The test location, just one in Miami so far, will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Chick-fil-A says it will evaluate the results of the test before deciding whether to roll it out to other locations. Weekends just got 100% worse.
5. Has the Hype Train Derailed?
HP's foray into the 3D printing market has not been as successful as the company had hoped. HP has been struggling to find a way to make money from 3D printing, forcing the company to cut prices and lay off workers. They’re not the only company that has struggled with 3D printing, as the industry has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded it a few years ago. Don’t hate! The CEO said it – I’m just sharing.
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